A travel size pillow that contain two LED lights for reading.
I observed that most people that own a travel pillow like to read. Often these people are in transit and don’t have good reading light. This pillow is intended for those that like to read in the dark.
I began the project by creating two sketches. The first is a concept sketch where I tinkered with a form factor design and I figured out what electronic components I would need to bring this idea to life. The second sketch was why electronic component sketch. I outlined how I wanted the circuits to flow and designed a template for how I would fit the cables into the housing.
Wiring and Testing
Then I went to Mood Designer Fabrics in the Garment District with an actual travel pillow. I matched the fleece and spandex material and bought 1 yard of each. Then I created an outline of the pillow, cut out the material and then sewed them together. Finally I stuffed the pillow and added all of the electronic components.
Given more time, I would like to use a laser cutter to cut out the material precisely and them take the materials to a seamstress to sew the seams together properly. I would also like to create an enclosed housing fixture for my flora board and battery pack so that I can swap out the components as need be.
I’d also like to explore using proximity sensors that automatically recognize gesture behaviors like the opening of a book or the turning of pages as a trigger for the LED lights